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David Pizarro

David Marcelo Pizarro Cortés (born 11 September 1979) is a Chile Association football midfielder who currently plays for Manchester City F.C. on loan from A.S. Roma.

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David Pizarro biography

David Marcelo Pizarro Cortés (born 11 September 1979) is a Chile Association football midfielder who currently plays for Manchester City F.C. on loan from A.S. Roma.

David Pizarro played for the Chile national football team up until 2005, for which David Pizarro won the Bronze medal at 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney, Australia. Pizarro is a Midfielder, who can operate in a holding position or an attacking position in the hole behind the strikers.

During Pizarro's stay in Italian football, David Pizarro won one Serie A title (Serie A 2005-06), three Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. Pizarro's Italian nickname is "Pek", diminutive of "pequeño", meaning "small" in Spanish language, because of David Pizarro short height (1.70 meters).

Club career

Early career

Pizarro started David Pizarro career as a midfielder with the Santiago Wanderers in Valparaíso, Chile.

Pizarro first played UEFA with Udinese Calcio in Serie A.
From there, David Pizarro was loaned to South American team Universidad de Chile (football club) where David Pizarro debuted in the Copa Libertadores.

David Pizarro played well with Udinese under the guidance of coach Luciano Spalletti.


On 14 July 2005, Pizarro was transfered to F.C. Internazionale Milano for a reported fee of €10 million (plus half of Goran Pandev rights, which Lazio bought it a year later for €4million) on a four−year deal. At the time, Pizarro claimed that David Pizarro wanted to retire in the Nerazzurri shirt. However, Pizarro was on the bench on many occasions, because of competition for David Pizarro position with the Argentine star Juan Sebastián Verón.

During David Pizarro only season with Internazionale, Pizarro won the Serie A, the Supercoppa Italiana, and the Coppa Italia.

AS Roma

On 19 August 2006, A.S. Roma acquired the 50% of Pizarro's transfer card and David Pizarro signed a four-year contract with the team of a transfer fee of €6.5 million in a co-ownership deal. After Pizarro's arrival to the team, Pizarro wore the number 7 shirt and David Pizarro was under David Pizarro former coach in Udinese Calcio, Luciano Spalletti.

On 12 September 2006, Pizarro scored David Pizarro official goal for the team in a 4–0 UEFA Champions League 2006-07 victory over Shaktar Donetsk at 89th minute. Five days later, David Pizarro scored David Pizarro second consecutive goal for the Serie A against AC Siena in a 3–1 victory. David Pizarro helped to Roma to win the Coppa Italia 2006-07 title, being one of top–scorers of the team with three goals. On 20 June 2007, Roma announced that paid €5.750.000 million to F.C. Internazionale Milano over the next three seasons for the remaining of Pizarro in AS Roma, who had played an important role in the club's last season.

In Roma's next season, Pizarro was a undisputed titular with Daniele De Rossi on Spalletti's squad. David Pizarro scored David Pizarro season goal against SSC Napoli in a 4–4 draw for Serie A. After of the qualifying of Roma to the Round of 16 in UEFA Champions League 2007-08, Pizarro scored an important goal against Real Madrid C.F. at 24th minute, in a 2–1 Roma's victory. Shortly after, Roma were eliminated against Manchester United F.C in the quarterfinals. Pizarro proclaimed once champion of Coppa Italia, now in the Coppa Italia 2007-08 season, newly beating to Inter Milan.

On 1 February 2009, Pizarro scored two goals in a Serie A 2008-09 match against Reggina Calcio. Pizarro's contract with A.S. Roma was due to expire are the end of the 2009-10 season, but David Pizarro signed a new three-year contract with the club in October 2009. Pizarro finished the 2009-10 season with 2 goals and 8 assists from 31 appearences, helping to Roma to finish second in 2009–10 Serie A behind eventual winners F.C. Internazionale Milano, with the club in contention for the title through the final matchday of the season. The following season, Pizarro was subject to much transfer speculation with Genoa C.F.C and Zenit St. Petersburg both being linked with a move for the midfielder following talks between the player and new coach of Roma, Claudio Ranieri. Shortly after Roma dismissed speculation of a departure from the club for Pizarro.

Manchester City

Pizarro signed on loan for Manchester City F.C. from Roma on 31 January 2012 until the end of the season.
Manager Roberto Mancini had previously managed Pizarro at Inter Milan. David Pizarro made David Pizarro debut as a substitute in the 90th minute on February 4th, for Adam Johnson (footballer) in City's 3-0 win against Fulham F.C.. David Pizarro became the first Chilean to play for Manchester City. On 22 February David Pizarro came off the bench to score and make an assist against F.C. Porto in the Europa League as City won 4-0 in the second leg of the tie, having won 2-1 in the away leg.

International career

Pizarro began David Pizarro international career in 1999. After being one of the best players of the South American Youth Championship that year, Chile national football team manager Nelson Acosta gave David Pizarro an opportunity in the senior team.

David Pizarro played in the 1999 Copa America and also the 2000 Summer Olympics, where David Pizarro won the bronze medal. David Pizarro also participated in the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers World Cup qualifiers, with Chile failing to qualify on both occasions.

After failing to qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Pizarro announced David Pizarro retirement from international football, listing several reasons for David Pizarro decision. David Pizarro disliked ex-coach Juvenal Olmos and ex-association president Reinaldo Sánchez. Also, David Pizarro believed the players on the national team played solely to gain popularity. David Pizarro also said David Pizarro wished to spend more time with David Pizarro family.

In early 2009, Pizarro said that David Pizarro missed playing international football.
In late 2011, Pizarro announced David Pizarro wish to return to international football, but was refused by the Chilean international manager.


National Team

- - 2000 Summer Olympics: in Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics (2000)


AS Roma


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